nonce word(redirected from Nonce terms)
Also found in: Thesaurus.
A word occurring, invented, or used just for a particular occasion; for example, the word mileconsuming in "the wagon beginning to fall into its slow and mileconsuming clatter" (William Faulkner).
(Linguistics) a word coined for a single occasion
a word coined and used only for a particular occasion.
A word invented by someone for a specific occasion, not likely to become established in the language.